Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Heber Springs, Ark., Aug. 11, 2008–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the forced landing by the Hillsboro Aviation LongRanger following loss of power was improper installation of the PC line on the Rolls-Royce 250-C30P engine, which resulted in a partial loss of power.
Aviation International News » March 2009
At the conclusion of three-and-a-half days of NTSB public hearings on the safety of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations early last month, Board member Robert Sumwalt summed up what several witnesses had already conceded, “There is no single magic bullet.”
de Havilland Canada DHC-6-100, Sullivan, Mo., July 29, 2006–Shortly after takeoff from Sullivan Regional Airport, with flames coming from the right engine, the Twin Otter crashed, killing six of the eight occupants and seriously injuring the other two. The skydiving flight was operated by Adventure Aviation of Dover, Del.
Grumman G-21A Goose, Thormanby Island, British Columbia, Nov. 16, 2008–The Pacific Coastal Airlines charter flight crashed into a steep hill on the island and exploded. Only one of the eight occupants of the amphibian survived. The flight route was from Vancouver to Powell River to Toba Inlet.
Piper PA-46-500TP Meridian, Marshfield, Wis., Nov. 23, 2008–The commercial pilot and two passengers were killed when the turboprop single crashed half a mile from Marshfield Municipal Airport (MFI) at night in visual conditions. No flight plan had been filed for the flight from Green Bay, Wis., to MFI. The aircraft, registered to TES Leasing of Marshfield, was destroyed in the resulting fire.
Now that the former Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone–renamed the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area–has become permanent, general aviation can turn its eyes to other security actions.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Punta Chivato, Mexico, Nov. 3, 2008–The King Air was destroyed when it crashed soon after takeoff from Punta Chivato Airstrip, and the sole-occupant pilot was killed. The turboprop cleared a small hill, then appeared to lose airspeed and slow its climb before hitting the ground. A fire consumed most of the airplane. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Mexico.
Eurocopter EC 135-T2, Molesmes, France, Jan. 2, 2009–The pilot of the Regourd Aviation EC 135 was killed when the helicopter crashed in hills near Molesmes in IFR conditions. The helicopter, which was destroyed, was en route from Paris to Lyon Bron. The French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses is investigating.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Millington, Tenn., Dec. 9, 2008–The right engine of the MU-2 lost power after the airplane took off from Millington Regional Jetport (NQA), where the ATP-rated pilot had flown to buy fuel. The aircraft had been held on the ground twice by ATC while storm cells passed. After takeoff, about 2.5 miles from home base, Charles W. Baker Airport, Millington, the engine quit.
Hughes 369, Honiara, Solomon Islands, Dec. 27, 2008–The Oceanside Helicopters 369 crashed into the Pacific Ocean and sank after the pilot lost control while taking off from a fishing boat on the Solomon Sea, about 350 miles west of Honiara. The pilot was not found and is presumed dead; the passenger was seriously injured. The helicopter was not recovered.